The Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes – The Grand Australian Banner (R.A.O.B G.A.B) is the official title.
A former ballroom complete with disco ball and lodge banners, the space is impressive in its authenticity as a social club. Its new owner, Hugo Atkins, made only a few changes to the fit-out before opening the doors.
The club operates under a full RSL club license: you have to become a member online or sign in as a guest on entrance. Members enjoy the benefit of discounts at an already pretty cheap bar of Italian aperitifs and its exclusive beer, Ultimate beer.
Atkins runs the bar himself for now, and with the help of friends This Thing Music Collective, the music is drawing growing crowds to the humble city digs. While operating as a live music venue since 1953, today The Buffalo Club celebrates Melbourne’s left-of-centre dance music culture. The music is new, electronic and beat-based.
The RSL licensing is advantageous for the club’s ability to contribute to the dance music scene, as the club opens from 5pm until 5am on Thursdays and Fridays when there is something on, and closes at midnight on Saturday, when they will be focusing on bands.
*An annual memberships will cost you $20.